DUI – Out of State Driver Arrested in Los Angeles

California Out of State Driver DUI

Being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the state of California can be a very trying and complicated ordeal. If you are a resident of another state, and are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California, the situation can become even more convoluted. The arrest can impact your driving privileges in California, as well as the state you reside in. A skilled Los Angeles County DUI Attorney can help you deal with all aspects of the arrest and explain all of your options to you. Often most or all of this can be handled HERE in California without the need for you to return to the state personally.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Represents Out-of-State Drivers

California is an extremely transient state. People come from all over the country to visit Southern California, its mountains, deserts and beaches. We have a constant stream of Out-Of-State visitors moving in and out through the Los Angeles County Airport (LAX) and visitors are frequently arrested in and around Los Angeles and beyond. Frequently, while on vacation and having a good time, judgment may be impaired due to alcohol consumption and you find yourself driving a relative’s car or your rental car and are stopped and charged with DUI. If you have been charged with a DUI, Drunk Driving or DWI with alcohol or drugs in California, call The Law Office of George W. Woodworth at (562) 754-7422.

Driving is a privilege in the United States of America. It is not a right as many people think. With that, the state that issues your driver’s license owns your license and they have the ability to suspend or revoke it. If you are charged with a DUI in California, you can have your driving privileges suspended in California. The state of California does not have the authority to suspend your license in your home of record state. However, once California relays the DUI conviction to your home state, their Department of Motor Vehicles reserves the right to suspend your license – and by and large they WILL!

What is the Interstate Drivers License Compact

The severity and impact of your DUI charge on your driving privileges in your home state primarily depends on whether or not that state is party to Interstate Drivers License Compact (IDLC). The Interstate Drivers License Compact is an agreement between most states to share information about Drunk Driving charges, Drugged Driving charges, and other traffic offenses. However, if you reside in one of these states and are convicted of a DUI, they have the rights to suspend your license if they become aware of the conviction.

States Not Party to Interstate Drivers License Compact

The following states do not acknowledge the IDLC:

  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

Contact a California Out Of State DUI Defense Lawyer

A DUI or DWI arrest in California has the capacity to affect many areas of your life including your ability to get to and from work, school, appointments and other necessary destinations. This is true no matter what state your license was issued in or where you reside. If you have been charged with a DUI, DWI or Drunk Driving in California feel free to call the Law Office of George W. Woodworth at (562) 754-7422. Mr. Woodworth proudly serves all of Southern California.